PhD Opportunity

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a fully-funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position at Ollscoil na Gaillimhe – University of Galway. The University of Galway is ranked within the top 1 % of higher education institutions world-wide. The project aims to develop a better understanding of the role of culture and creativity in the development of places (namely cities in the peripheral European context). You will be part of a team tasked with the delivery of UrbanLab Galway’s commitments as part of its role in the IN SITU project which brings together leading approaches to investigating economic evolution and diversification in considering the future of place development in the urban context of six partner EU regions. 

Funding Agency:  The project is funded by Horizon Europe under its Research and Innovation Actions. 

Qualifications / Expertise:  The candidate should have a 1st or 2:1 Bachelor’s degree and/or a Master’s in human geography, sociology, economics or in a related social science area. The ideal candidate should have experience in as many of the following techniques: quantitative research skills; data mapping; data mining; database construction; literature review. The candidate should have excellent communication and organisational skills; be highly motivated and passionate about developing new products; and have strong written, oral and interpersonal skills. The candidate should be able to work independently and as a part of team. 

Duties:  The successful candidate will be involved in: the surveying of partner regions and the identification of key challenges in developing urban areas in peripheral regions. This will involve mapping data and collating information of the key socioeconomic characteristics of each region. Key will also be an investigation into the role of the cultural and creative industries in addressing the development challenges faced by each region. Other duties: Conference and Meeting attendance and participation; Report and paper writing; Participation to training courses; Undergraduate teaching and/or laboratory demonstrations; Travel to project partners’ institutes; Other duties relevant to the post. 

Start Date: October 2022. 

To Apply:  Applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their suitability to the post, a detailed CV, transcripts and the contact details of three referees. The application pack should be emailed to Dr. Pat Collins (p.collins@nuigalway.ie).

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12:00 on Thursday, 15th of September 2022. 

Fully funded (fees and stipend), full-time PhD position. The project is funded by Horizon Europe. 

Dr. Patrick Collins

Lecturer in Economic Geography

School of Geography, Archaeology & Irish Studies

UrbanLab Galway

NUI Galway

@galwaylab